We spent a fun weekend exploring Wood Dale, Addison, Bloomingdale and Lombard. Addison has some cool stuff on Lake Street (and we saw The Dark Knight, which was awesome); Wood Dale's library is very '70s mountain cabin but has a decent selection; and the Stratford Square Mall in B'dale is pretty nice, though not booming.
We drove around Lombard today, and explored the very nice Yorktown Center/Shops on Butterfield, which has a crapload of restaurants that look interesting. We'll be back, no doubt.
One of the more local highlights, however, was Crossroads Too, a bar/restaurant that's mere blocks from us. It features wings, pizza, burgers, ribs and the usual bar fare. The wings were really good. We can see why they won awards. We're looking forward to trying their burgers, which sounded tasty. And it's so close! Not to mention reasonably priced.
One thing I'm a little disappointed by, having been *extremely* spoiled by Geneva, St Charles and even Algonquin and Crystal Lake: there don't seem to be a lot of cool, historic, pedestrian-friendly downtowns out here in DuPage Co. Aside from Hinsdale (a town I feel intimidated by), does anyone know of north/central DuPCo towns that have cool downtown areas? I'd love suggestions.